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Photography by Tammy Strobel

I’ve been taking photographs since I was a little girl. However, I didn’t start calling myself a photographer until I was in my twenties. Prior to that, I assumed that I had to have a degree in the arts to call myself a photographer. I made the same assumption about writing too. Luckily, I realized that isn’t true. To understand a subject, you don’t need a formal degree. But you do need experience, determination, grit, and the willingness to keep learning throughout your life. One way I keep learning is by taking photographs each day.

My Morning View

After my step-dad, Mahlon, died in June 2012, I decided to focus on a creative project to honor Mahlon’s memory. I began a daily photography project called My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project about Gratitude, Grief & Good Coffee on January 1, 2013.

Since then, I’ve been taking a daily photo of my morning view with my coffee cup in the frame. My daily photography project gave meaning to the grief I experienced, and it’s fostered creative self-discipline, optimism, joy, and a sense of adventure in my everyday life.

Follow the series on Tumblr or Instagram.


You can browse my Instagram images or my portfolio below. Enjoy!

Photo Licensing & Copyright

All of my photographs are licensed under Creative Commons. You may not use my photographs for commercial purposes. Briefly that means I let others copy, distribute and/or display my copyrighted photos. If you use my photographs on a blog, website, in a magazine, or newspaper, please credit me—Tammy Strobel—with a hyperlink back to rowdykittens.com.

Be well,

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